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The Unfunded List Library catalogs articles, podcasts, and videos that further our mission of educating the public about philanthropy.

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Giving Stories

I’ve interviewed over 25 different people about giving for the #WineGrants podcast that I hosted and another half dozen major philanthropists for my new podcast Open Door Philanthropy (stay tuned…

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Giving Stories
Evaluator Stories

Evaluator Stories

Learn More From Our Evaluators Cristina Batista, a social worker and new evaluator with an interest in criminal justice, talks about why she joined the committee. Nate Johnson, of OCEANA…

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A Letter from an Evaluator

My name is Chris Trull and I am an evaluator for the Unfunded List. I have enjoyed reviewing proposals for this program since the very first round of applications. This…

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A Letter from an Evaluator
“I am on my way to the UN to help MIT SOLVE with some feedback”

“I am on my way to the UN to help MIT SOLVE with some feedback”

Managing an SDG-aligned social change pitch contest like MIT SOLVE is difficult. Just planning the endeavor is a lot of work. But there is also volunteer management, outreach and marketing,…

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Unfunded List at UNCSC

Unfunded List evaluator Mahrinah von Schlegel approached us over the summer with a cool opportunity. Did we want to travel to Salt Lake City and manage a booth in the…

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Unfunded List at UNCSC
An Objective Look at #GivingTuesday

An Objective Look at #GivingTuesday

While the intent behind it is noble and there are countless examples of successful fundraising campaigns associated with the event there has not been enough critical analysis of #GivingTuesday. Several…

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Philanthropy History in America with Professor Moss

Dave shows off some books gave him during the interview. Unfunded List founder and Open Door Philanthropy host Dave Moss interviews his father, Richard Moss, about America's Philanthropy History. Richard…

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Philanthropy History in America with Professor Moss
Nada Zohdy from Open Gov Hub

Nada Zohdy from Open Gov Hub

Unfunded List has an office! We are members of a coworking space focused on open government, accountability and transparency called OpenGov Hub in Washington, DC. We have just completed our…

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5 Tips for Writing Successful Grant Proposals

People who are applying for grants often ask me for advice on how to write successful grant proposals.  I think grant writers should be called grantwrights just like playwrights because…

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5 Tips for Writing Successful Grant Proposals
Starting a Non-Profit? Here are a Few Simple Tips on  Filing for 501(c)(3) Status

Starting a Non-Profit? Here are a Few Simple Tips on Filing for 501(c)(3) Status

The other day, I was enjoying my morning in a 4-star (Yelp) café and overheard a conversation between two young men at the adjoining table. They appeared to be just…

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Approaching a Family Foundation is like Having Dinner with a Family

Here at the Unfunded List we are currently quite busy reviewing our 8th and largest round of unfunded proposal submissions. By the time we complete our review this month and announce the…

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Approaching a Family Foundation is like Having Dinner with a Family
Are you Unfunded?

Are you Unfunded?

Submit to the Unfunded List now Making the world better by running a nonprofit or other cause requires access to capital. Social change doesn't happen for free which means fundraising. Too…

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Leaving Government And Considering The Unfunded Sector?

In about six weeks there will be a new administration in charge of the federal government. This means thousands of hardworking, talented and experienced change agents will soon be out…

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Leaving Government And Considering The Unfunded Sector?

Catching up with the (previously) Unfunded: Accountability Lab

  Catching Up with Accountability Lab, One of Our First Unfunded Applicants Accountability Lab is an international organization that trains, mentors, and supports promising young leaders around the world to…

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Free The Slaves Mobile Phone Messaging Campaign in India

Download the successful grant proposal application by Free The Slaves here: Unfunded List 2016 Honoree Proposal Free The Slaves

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Free The Slaves Mobile Phone Messaging Campaign in India
After the Rejection: Tales of Failed Echoing Green Applications

After the Rejection: Tales of Failed Echoing Green Applications

If you are young philanthropist with an innovative idea for solving a critical social issue, few greater opportunities exist to get your plan off the ground than to apply to…

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Unfunded List FAQs

The Unfunded List is a new and innovative program that gives helpful and candid feedback to unfunded grant proposals. Sometimes, people have questions for us. Here are answers to the…

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Unfunded List FAQs

A Guide for Breaking into the Grant Consulting Field

As you can guess, the majority of our attention is occupied to giving the best unfunded ideas opportunities for support. On the flip side of this, however, is our desire…

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“Date Your Donors” and the Rules of Philanthropic Relationships

Aspiring philanthropists and social impact entrepreneurs typically enter the fundraising game with limited guidance. As we've mentioned before, there's a lack of transparent information regarding how funding is distributed and how…

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“Date Your Donors” and the Rules of Philanthropic Relationships
The Most Overused Words in Grant-Writing

The Most Overused Words in Grant-Writing

Every profession has its fair share of mind-numbing jargon. Whether it's marketing/business development managing to turn the word "expert" into a three-letter acronym (SME, in case you were wondering), or…

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Many Aspiring Social Impact Organizations Lack Key Information

A month ago,  myself - along with Unfunded List evaluation team members Daniel Karpantschof, Frances Holuba and Candice Cook - co-hosted a  session at the Nexus Youth Summit. Our intention was…

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Many Aspiring Social Impact Organizations Lack Key Information
Wounded Warrior Project and the Ethical Line

Wounded Warrior Project and the Ethical Line

  The New York Times' recent investigation into the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) has sent rumbles throughout through the philanthropy community. Over the past few years, WWP staff members have treated themselves…

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How to get Noticed When Grant Solicitations are Invitation-Only

Foundations are inundated with thousands of grant applications, and the Unfunded List's mission is to offer recognition and connections to the many organizations who apply for funding and do not…

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How to get Noticed When Grant Solicitations are Invitation-Only

Will Arts Organizations be Left Behind?

As the tech boom grows in cities like Seattle and Silicon Valley, data-driven philanthropy continues to gain momentum. Wealthy young individuals from the "big 3" companies in Seattle (Amazon, Microsoft, and…

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GiveWell and the Concept of Effective Altruism

We continue to focus on the growth of data-driven philanthropy in our latest Wine Grants podcast with GiveWell and Open Philanthropy Phttps://unfundedlist.com/alexander-berger-pinot-noir/roject (Open Phil) Program Director Alexander Berger. Much like Ryan…

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GiveWell and the Concept of Effective Altruism

Disconnect in Silicon Valley

If you've listened to our Wine Grants podcast with Ryan Derfler, we recommend that you read his recent article published on LinkedIn, "Silicon Valley Not Taking Advice." Derfler describes a…

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The Emerging Critical Backlash Against Philanthropists

  [caption id="attachment_2640" align="aligncenter" width="300"] NEW YORK - MARCH 15: Inductee David Geffen attends the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2010 induction ceremony at The Waldorf Astoria…

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The Emerging Critical Backlash Against Philanthropists

Major Foundations Aim to Address Big Ideas

We encourage everyone to check out this article from the New York Times. Major funders - such as the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations - are making new commitments to tackle the…

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Amy Schumer’s Cat Park Illustrates Funding Dilemma

The following video is hilarious, and plays right into our cat-loving sensibilities. It also raises an important question, however, about how foundations choose to fund projects. Do we frequently prioritize fun…

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Amy Schumer’s Cat Park Illustrates Funding Dilemma

The Unfunded List

CONTACT: Dave Moss, Unfunded List, 202-257-8870, [email protected] The Unfunded List – an organization that identifies and promotes great ideas that have not yet secured funding using a rigorous proposal evaluation process-…

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